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Info that caught my attention this week (Sunday May 18th to Friday May 23rd) | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Info that caught my attention this week (Sunday May 18th to Friday May 23rd)

The Ting Tings

This is the second week of me collecting links that made me pause for a moment and save. Now I share that info in this post.

The Ting Tings

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Without Yahoo, Microsoft Has Little for Advertisers
Online advertisers next week will descend on Seattle seeking signs of how Microsoft Corp. will compete online without buying Yahoo Inc. They will have to wait a bit longer.

A distributed strategy for news
I’ve been talking with folks lately about the need to develop distributed strategies for news, which includes:
* Widgets that enable people to embed your news (and links and brand) anywhere.
* A platform strategy enabling people to build on your content, data, and functionality.
* A network strategy that includes blog networks (a la Glam).

The objection always thrown up is that Comscore/Nielsen/ABC et al won’t count that. I say we need to count differently. Rather than counting page views from users on a destination, we need to count relationships with people wherever they are.

It’s Not The Data, It’s The Flow
My partner Brad and I were having lunch with Umair a couple months ago and we were talking about how we look for a unique data asset in all of our investments. And Umair scratched his head and said something like, “I don’t think it’s the data that’s so valuable, it’s the flow of the data through the service.”

prss release
Information is confined to domains. Although different mediums merge more and more, still the concept of ‘cross-media’ is an ideal which is rarely realized, and if attempted often unsuccessful. One of these confined domains is the blogosphere, a mystery to the most of us and even to most internet users. That is where prss release comes in. We want to disclose all the goodies that are posted in the blogosphere to an audience that doesn’t keep track of blogs on a daily basis, an audience that hates reading more than a few sentences from their computer screens. We do this independently, not for profit, for fun, for all our friends who are not the nerds that we are and to bring the writing efforts of bloggers to a larger audience.
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emma cott
emma cott creates a connection between the analogue and the digital and makes it wearable. adopting this innovative style allows you to communicate and interact in a mysterious kind of way – through a clean and simple yet beautiful and elegant code concealing your hidden message.

I thought this would be an appropriate follow-up to the post about Petshop boys using QR codes in their new music video and yet more proof that the future is now. I got this link about Banksy (via 2d-code) tagging his graffitti with a QR code which apparently points people to his wikipedia entry. It is now officially the cool way to brand yourself from underground street art to high end fashion. Tell people who you really are with an abstract barcode on your butt. (The scarves say “game over” or “insert coin for extra life”, but the hope is to have them link to music downloads and cell phone games. Read more here.)

O Canada, Where Have Your Bargains Gone?
ONCE upon a time, not all that long ago, there existed a magical country that was a lot like the United States, only less expensive. Its enchanted currency — the other dollar — allowed Americans to indulge as they could not back home. This delightful fantasyland was called Canada, and for centuries it was synonymous with frugality.

From Blank Is Like Blank (”analogies to live by”):

Facebook is like a gossipy friend with no interesting information.
(no explanation necessary)

Babies are like drunk men in bars:
They only crave what’s in their immediate vicinity.

Watching your baby projectile vomit for the first time is like witnessing a car accident:
It’s mostly scary, but a little fascinating, assuming no one is seriously hurt.

The Company That Could Destroy Google?
The knock on Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is simple. It goes like this:

1. Come on, guys, it’s just search.
2. Search technology is in its infancy and will be transformed by upstarts that will wipe out any competitive advantage Google thought it had.

New York Times announces Times Machine
Yesterday I got a great tour with my cell phone of the new New York Times building. While there I met some of the top geeks behind the New York Times and they told me a few things and showed me some interesting stuff.

Full Interview: Clay Shirky on your “cognitive surplus”
It’s these kind of interviews that make us really happy we can post the uncut audio for everyone to hear. Nora recently interviewed author, teacher and thinker Clay Shirky. On the show, we play edited interviews so we can cover lots of ground, but online we have all the time in the world (wide web! haha…) Clay’s interview is worth hearing in full.

Horacio Salinas

mingle bee

excellent thread, i like the caps

Game-Changer: How the Online News Revolution is Altering the Media Landscape
I am frequently asked if the rising influence of online news sources is the death knell for Big Media. My answer is that Big Media isn’t dead; it’s ill but will actually be saved by the transfusion of passion and immediacy of the blogging and online news revolution.

Cover Story – Emily Gould – Exposed – Blog-Post Confidential – Gawker –
Back in 2006, when I was 24, my life was cozy and safe. I had just been promoted to associate editor at the publishing house where I’d been working since I graduated from college, and I was living with my boyfriend, Henry, and two cats in a grubby but spacious two-bedroom apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I spent most of my free time sitting with Henry in our cheery yellow living room on our stained Ikea couch, watching TV. And almost every day I updated my year-old blog, Emily Magazine, to let a few hundred people know what I was reading and watching and thinking about.

I admit that this post falls far outside the realm of what is usually tossed up on the web here, but bear with me. Not only is this project artful, and interesting from more than an Information Science perspective (where yes, Borges matters), but it’s fairly originally graphically designed.

Mapping the Blogosphere
Is the above from a new series of artworks by a contemporary designer, an explosion of scientific data, or a photograph of a strange creature discovered by deep-sea biologists? Well, while most of the following images are just crying out to be placed on a T-shirt, they actually have little to do with design, fashion, photography or art, and much more to do with cyberspace…

Eames LCW and LTR
“LCW”, recently submitted to our photo group by quangdiggity. Also pictured: the LTR (Low Table Rod).

600k and Counting
So it’s been 12 days since I launched brand tags and it’s been an amazing ride to say the least. As I write this I’m at 600,000 tags (whizzed right by 500k yesterday), a number so large I’m having trouble comprehending it. As I mentioned in my last entry it’s been keeping me incredibly busy. I’ve been trying to answer all the emails sent through the site (now in the thousands), which has led to a few very late nights.

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